Nepalese climber popularly known as “snow leopard”, Ang Rita Sherpa has died of prolonged illness on Monday, his family said. The death has been considered to be a big loss by fellow sherpas.
The first person in the world to have ever climbed the Mt. Everest 10 times breathed his last on Monday at his residence in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu. He had been suffering from brain and liver illness for a long time.
Ang Rita Sherpa had several feats to his name; he is being recognised by the Guiness World Records as the only person in the entire world to have climbed the tallest peak 10 times without bottled oxygen in a span of 13 years, from 1983 to 1996. The record is yet to be broken.
Ang Rita was also an active participant on conservation projects for protection of the Himalayan mountain ranges and its diversity.
He was as active as snow leopards on the mountains and it was unique,” Ang Teshring Sherpa, Nepal’s veteran mountaineer and former president of Nepal Mountaineering Association told the BBC.
“That was why the mountaineering fraternity decided to accord him with this title (of Snow Leopard) as an honour.”
The legendary climber was born in 1948 in a lesser known of Yillajung in eastern Nepal. He took up his activities as a sherpa from a very young age. He also held an undergraduate degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism from Lincoln University, New Zealand.
Ang Rita had also received the prestigious Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal in 2011 for his efforts towards conservation of the Himalayan ecology.
His body will be placed at a Sherpa Gomba, or holy site, in Kathmandu, and cremated on Wednesday according to sherpa tradition, Ang Tshering said.
Many other climbers have since surpassed Ang Rita’s feat, with one member of the community setting a record of 24 ascents
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